Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Written Evidence

Letter to Chris Clark, United Nations Mine Action Service, Lebanon from the Committee Specialist


  The Foreign Affairs Committee was pleased to be able to meet yourself and your colleagues in Lebanon earlier this year. The Committee was particularly interested in your analysis of the failure rates of cluster munitions, based on the work that you have carried out in Lebanon. I believe you told us that the rates were as follows:

    "Dumb" cluster munitions: approximately 30% failure rate;

    "Smart" cluster munitions: approximately 10% failure rate.

  I would be most grateful if you could confirm whether we have recollected these figures correctly. Please do let us have your response in writing, as the Committee would like to be able to use the failure rates as evidence for its inquiry into the UK Government's policy towards the Middle East. The Committee would also welcome any further comments that you wish to make about the use of cluster munitions in Lebanon.

  It would be useful to receive your written reply by 23 May 2007. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

8 May 2007

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